When Unitarians, United Church of Christ, Methodists and Episcopalians wade into the debate about ordaining gay clergy, it is a discussion removed from me. They are not part of my historic heritage, as the Lutheran church is. The vote by the ELCA to ordain homosexual clergy in committed relationships brings the issue closer to home. The Lutheran church is our historic heritage.
The question that was raised to me was; will this make an impact on the Covenant Church? I don't think so. I think our sense of biblical theology outweighs the cultural climate of toleration. The vote should not affect the way I relate to friends who are gay or lesbian. I don't think Jesus gives us any option but to act lovingly towards those with whom we have disagreements.